Web Sites to Help you Become a Better Writer

There are thousands of websites and blogs written by writers that are all giving advice on how to become a better writer, I wonder if it is the most popular subject matter on the web. When I came across the concept of “The 100 Best Websites for Writers” being voted on at the tail end of last year I was curious about what sites would be awarded a position on the honour roll, especially when Two Drops of Ink, a site I once contrib­uted to was listed for the first time. I aim here to highlight a few of my favour­ites, but there are plenty of very useful sites that are not discussed here and you should not infer anything by their omission.

Competence from Pixabay by Geralt CC0 Public DomainCopyBlogger’s blog is loaded with good ideas about deliv­er­ing compel­ling content and how to market it, this site has been avail­able for a long time and contin­ues to give good advice. Darren Rowse and the ProBlogger team bring you all the latest news and tips to build a better blog at problog​ger​.net — I have been follow­ing Darren for many years on social media and have liked the high quality inform­a­tion that his team provides. Untamed Writing informs it’s readers about build­ing a freel­ance writing career, includ­ing a wide variety of advice such as morning routines to get you working. Neil Patel is an SEO special­ist who writes about driving traffic to you blog on Quick Sprout, a site that I have used for research on many occasions over many years and highly recom­mend if you are looking for great­er visib­il­ity he I suggest that if Mr Patel says something about making your writing more visible you should be paying atten­tion.

A recent post of mine may also assist writers, this is 34 services to help publi­cise your writing, which was inten­ded to identi­fy certain sites that can help any blogger with their publi­city work.

High Income Business Writing is a resource by Ed Gandia helping those freel­ance writers that are focused on business writing to earn a living from their writing, this blog contains much about motiv­a­tion and improv­ing your writing skills. The Men with Pens blog also covers craft­ing excel­lent web-based copy-writing for business web sites. Another business focused writing blog is The Story of Telling which provides fascin­at­ing inform­a­tion based on their knowledge of telling the story of the brand.

Coach from Pixabay by Emslichter CC0 Public Domain

Ann Kroeker is an author and writing coach writes on a variety of topics that should interest the writer, such as “manage your writing space to be a more product­ive writer” these are the types of topics that should interest most writers, not directly about writing but offer­ing advice that garner improve­ment and is the type of site I am trying to turn GobbledeGoox into. Shelley Hitz is anoth­er writer with blogging advice her advice relates to getting your message to shine through. Helping Writers Become Authors is anoth­er one of those sites that provides articles on points where many writers are weak, such as common writing mistakes, the intent of course to help writers improve their craft and has provided me with research mater­i­al from time to time.

Bane of your resist­ance, is a blog by Rosanne Bane which is not afraid to ask basic questions like “why write at all?” as she encour­ages you to look at your writing goals, I shall be looking further at her ideas in the future, there may be a touch of cynicism — but I believe that is sometimes neces­sary to drive us forward. Mandy Wallace Write or Die also invest­ig­ates how the writer’s brain works and how their mind contrib­utes to their art, I am a great believ­er that a writer’s mind is special, but at the same time anyone can become a writer if they are prepared to make the leap.

Fictional World by Das Wortewand Pixabay CC0 Public DomainOn the fiction writing front Janice Hardy’s Fiction University offers a great deal of advice on fiction­al writing, how to build strong charac­ters  and other related topics. Also Ink and Quills by Kaitlin Hillerich offers many tools to help you tell your story more effect­ively, but sadly, in my view, the site is poorly laid out. Further Live Write Breathe by Janalyn Voigt is again full of advice about devel­op­ing fiction­al stories. Each of these blogs can be helpful, but my advice is read then well before you start creat­ing your story to ensure your creativ­ity flows when you need it to.

Rachelle Gardner, a Literary Agent, Editor & Publishing Coach offers much writing, liter­ary and public­a­tion advice on her blog also discuss­ing honing your elevat­or pitch, ways to write a query letter and much more besides. Stand Out Books’ blog offers much advice on story writing but also has resources designed to help you get your book published.

Writer Unboxed is anoth­er worth­while fiction resource that contains stories about accept­ance and rejec­tion by publish­ers. Author Joanna Penn in her site The Creative Penn  has a lot of useful inform­a­tion about publish­ing which I have refer­enced on sever­al occasions, but in my view her site is too busy and full of clutter so the inform­a­tion you need is sometimes hard to find. Cathy’s Comps and Calls is an inter­est­ing resource every month Cathy Bryant publishes a list of compet­i­tions and calls for submis­sion which should help writers find appro­pri­ate inform­a­tion in order to submit their work. Former publish­er Jane Friedman’s blog explores the inter­sec­tion of publish­ing, author­ship, and the digit­al age, looking at issues such as writer’s identity social network­ing etc. Roz Morris’s writing lab explores many issues of writing, editing and public­a­tion.

Another inter­est­ing site is Freelancers Union which is campaign­ing for better rates of pay for freel­ance writers.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Thanks for includ­ing me in the roundup! I hope to contin­ue serving writers with valuable and encour­aging content to keep them motiv­ated. Sounds like you and I have simil­ar goals – I’ll watch your work for content to promote!

  2. Thanks for the mention Peter. Two Drops of Ink has since one that award again in 2017, and has one two other awards, one for being in the top 50 liter­ary blogs, and anoth­er for being listed among 110 of the best writer’s blogs. Our collab­or­a­tion wth other writers, as well as as advice baout writing, grammar, and a list of great reads, has created a buzz in the blogoshpere. Glad to have you back as a contrib­ut­ing writer. Have a great weekend. Scott Biddulph/Editor-in-Chief

    • Scott, I am well aware of the new honours that have been awarded to Two Drops. It is excel­lent. I will probably take a look at the best sites to help writers in the future (perhaps at the tails end of the year). This time though, I shall prepare my own list of great resources for writers.

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